Interpretors Law and Legal Definition

Interpretors work with live speech. They listen to speakers and translate what they say. They may interpret consecutively, which means they wait for the speaker to pause. They may also interpret simultaneously, which means they translate while the speaker talks. This type of interpreting is more difficult. However, it is required for international conferences or in court. Sign language interpreters change spoken language into hand signals. The hand signals form a silent language for people who are hearing impaired.

Interpreters sometimes work as tour guides. They work for the United Nations and in tourist attractions all over the world. They also accompany large group tours. Interpreters sometimes work as private escorts for people traveling in foreign countries. Court interpreters work in courtrooms. They translate testimony for defendants who do not understand the local language. They also work with attorneys while they meet with clients or take testimony. Interpreters at the United Nations often work in glass booths and speak into microphones. Delegates then tune in the interpreter who is speaking the language they best understand.